Paul Picciano’s research focuses on energy and climate policies in the electricity sector. At RFF, he has extensively developed the Engineering, Economic, and Environmental Electricity Simulation Tool (E4ST), a software package used for power system resource planning and optimization, policy analysis, and assessing environmental and health impacts from air pollution. Using E4ST and other tools, he has analyzed policies related to carbon pricing and clean energy standards at federal and state levels, while engaging with decisionmakers and stakeholders to communicate their effects and advise policy development. He has also studied issues related to electricity system resilience and reliability, including effects of technology-specific subsidies. His work with RFF colleagues has been cited by the New York Times, Politico, Bloomberg, S&P Global, E&E News, Utility Dive, Axios, and other outlets. Prior to RFF, he evaluated energy and environmental regulations at NERA Economic Consulting, and researched variable renewable energy integration as an Ernest F. Hollings Scholar with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
BA in environmental economics, Pomona College, 2016